OPA Annual Conference

Conference News


About the conference

Each year OPA hosts an annual conference in Oregon to celebrate poetry through presentations, readings, workshops, and other events. The conference also hosts the annual member meeting which all members are encouraged to attend.

If you are interested in presenting at an OPA conference, check back to this page to see when proposals are open for submission.


Previous Guest Poets

OPA has a wonderful history of bringing in, from all parts of our state and all across the nation, poets whose words inspire us and whose workshops teach us. Many of our own members have also led workshops at conferences for free or very nominal fees. We have all been enriched by their contributions as well. Some of our previous guest poets include:

  • Kim Stafford
  • Emmett Wheatfall
  • Paisley Rekdal
  • Paulann Petersen
  • Cindy Williams Gutierrez
  • Heather McHugh
  • Matthew Dickman
  • Judith Montgomery
  • Laurel Blossom
  • Daniel Nathan Terry
  • Clem Starck
  • Charles Goodrich
  • Tess Gallagher
  • Paul Hunter
  • Susan Goldsmith Wooldrich
  • John C. Morrison

The Patricia Ruth Banta Award

The Patricia Ruth Banta Award, which honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission, is presented during the conference. This award was established in honor of Patricia Ruth Banta a former president of the Oregon Poetry Association.

Notes on Nominees:

The nominee can be an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission to build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets, provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another, further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and raise public awareness of Oregon poets. The award will announced in the fall with a non-monetary prize.

Do you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the culture of poetry in Oregon? Consider nominating them for the award. Nominations must be made by current OPA members.

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